England-Uruguay Betting Preview: Three Lions to shade a high-scoring match

Having conceded three against Costa Rica, Al Hain-Cole expects La Celeste to struggle against Roy Hodgson's talented attack in a clash featuring goals at both ends
After coming away empty-handed from their respective opening World Cup clashes, Uruguay and England are under major pressure to collect maximum points when they come face-to-face in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

Roy Hodgson's men drew plenty of plaudits but no points against Italy but are marginal 23/20 (2.15) favourites with bet365 to record a priceless victory this time out.

Meanwhile, La Celeste were extremely disappointing in slipping to a 3-1 defeat against Group D underdogs Costa Rica and are available at 27/20 (2.35) to bounce back by coming out on top here.

The Three Lions actually shared a 0-0 draw with these opponents on their way to winning the competition back in 1966, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them cancelling each other out once again almost 50 years on.

Undoubtedly the most encouraging aspect of England’s opener was their lively attacking play, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling at times looking capable of reproducing the form that saw them light up the Premier League for Liverpool last season.

Having seemingly shaken off his traditionally defensive mentality against the Italians, Hodgson appears certain to attack from the off once again against a team that looked ragged against modest opposition in their opener.

However, Luis Suarez's claim that he is 100 per cent fit to start on Thursday will have been ominously received by an English backline that conceded twice against a far less star-studded Ecuadorian attack recently.

With this in mind, odds of 4/5 (1.80) are surely worth backing on both teams finding the net.

Realistically though, it will take more than a semi-fit Suarez to resolve all of the issues Oscar Tabarez bore witness to during his side's abject display against Costa Rica, meaning England are surely worth backing at 10/3 (4.33) to grab the majority of those goals.

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Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with bet365
England to win & Both teams to score for a 1pt stake at 10/3 (4.33) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.